Every child of God is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, specially gifted to play a unique and valued role in the body of Christ. No one is without gift or purpose.
Spiritual gifts are not our talents or skills. They are the grace of God at work within us, empowering us to match our deep passions with the world’s deep need. The gifts are given to individuals, but they are given to build and strengthen community and to meet the needs of those around us.
Begin the journey. Discover your gifts. Talk about your gifts with others. Strive together to understand your gifts and how you can use them to serve God, neighbor, and world. You have been gifted. You have been given a purpose.
Exploring Your Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, Miracles, Prophesy, Servanthood, Shepherding, Teaching, Wisdom
Spiritual Gifts: FAQs
Why these twenty gifts?
The twenty gifts covered by the Spiritual Gifts Online Assessment are those listed within the Pauline epistles to Rome, Ephesus, and Corinth, and recognized by the first-century church. While all of life is a gift from God, these twenty gifts are lifted up within Scripture as the gifts of the Spirit, given specifically for the upbuilding of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4; I Corinthians 12 & 13; Romans 12).
What if I am not gifted?
It is our firm belief that everyone is gifted by God and that each person is uniquely and beautifully equipped for ministry and mission. Giftedness is not about privilege or special skills and talents. It is about listening more deeply to, and following more fully, the deepest desires of our hearts and God’s leading in our lives. This is the call to all people of faith — laity or clergy, flashy or quiet, knowledgeable or seeking.
How do we get everyone to do this?
This is probably the question we hear most often. Our answer has always been the same: It is not necessary, or even feasible, to get everyone to go through the assessment. The Spiritual Gifts Assessment or any valid tool for gifts discovery are means for inviting the Holy Spirit into the center of the life of the body of Christ.
We believe, and history and experience have proven, that when a small group—even a handful—of passionate disciples open themselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit in an intentional, committed way, change will occur. Faith, love and hope spread like wildfire when we are filled with the Spirit. It is more important to offer ongoing opportunities for the passionate few to share their unfolding discoveries than it is to get everyone through the discovery process. We hope the assessment is a means of grace in the life of the body of Christ.
How do we know whether or not we are doing this right?
If people are talking about their relationship with God in new ways . . . if the discovery process, or concerns about it, leads to dialogue about what we believe . . . if one or more participants experience an “aha” about themselves and/or others . . . you are doing it right. We have always been more interested in what is sparked by the process than with the process itself.
Spiritual Gifts: Learn More
- Equipped for Every Good Work: Building a Gifts-based Church by Dan and Barbara Dick, (Discipleship Resources, 2001)
- Discover Your Spiritual Type by Corinne Ware (Alban Institute, 1995)
- Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts: A Personal Inventory Method by Kenneth Kinghorn (Zondervan, 1984)
- Spirit Gifts (Group Study) by Patricia Brown (Abingdon Press, 1996)
- Serving From the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service by Church of the Resurrection(Abingdon Press, 2002)
- Leadership from the Heart: Learning to Lead With Love and Skill (Abingdon Press, 2004)
Spiritual Gifts: Articles and Stories
Spiritual Gifts — Primacy, Not Priority
All gifts are important, and each may be the most important gift in any given situation. All gifts are necessary and have the power to transform lives and glorify God. Read More
Instead of identifying spiritual gifts as a way to put people on committees, we should form committees that enable people to discover, develop, and live from their gifts. Read More
Living Our Spiritual Gifts: The Challenge of Carl
How do we learn to value the varieties of gifts, spiritual types, leadership interaction styles, and passions? Learn how Carl’s unique gifts challenged his faith community. Read More
Since I was a little girl, I have been able to understand concepts without having studied them. Spiritual gifts discovery gave me a name for my experience — wisdom. Read More